Tuscany And Italian Riviera
Turin, La Morra, Langhe Wine Country, Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Tuscan Estate, Florence, San Gimignano
Fall in love with charming Lucca, an ancient city frozen in time. Surrounded by perfectly preserved Renaissance-era walls, Lucca is one of the most enchanting cities you will encounter in Italy. The amazingly intact 16th-century walls are uniquely lined with green grass and trees, the perfect spot for a stroll. Lucca's maze of medieval streets is sure to bring you back in time…most of them are pedestrian only. Among the many historic buildings, be on the lookout for a peak at Lucca's unique, tree-crowned Guinigi tower. Be sure to spend some time exploring the popular Piazza Napoleone for a true taste of Italian culture.
Day 1 - Overnight Flight
Experience the romance of travel among the elegant palazzos of regal Turin, the rolling hills of Tuscany and along the colorful coast of the Italian Riviera.
Day 2 - Turin, Italy - Tour Begins
Welcome to Italy. You'll make your way to Turin, Italy's first capital in the 1800s. Settle in for a 2-night stay, admiring the alpine peaks towering in the distance. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring regional specialties. Today dinner will be included.
Day 3 - Turin
Walk through Turin with an expert guide, uncovering a blend of French and Italian heritage. Wrap up the tour by trying a bicerin – a mix of espresso and chocolate – in one of the city's cafés, reminiscent of Parisian coffee spots. After getting acquainted with the city, the rest of the day is yours to further explore Turin on your own. This evening, consider an optional excursion to a historic palace after hours, where you will enjoy an aperitif with a local guide. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4 - Turin - La Morra - Langhe Wine Country - Italian Riviera
Head to Italy's picturesque Riviera, weaving through the Langhe wine country (UNESCO) along the way. Stop at the hilltop village of La Morra on your way to a local winery, where you will enjoy a tour and tasting. After a light lunch continue to Sestri Levante, perched along the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy an evening on your own to acquaint yourself with the Italian Riviera and perhaps get a bite of the local cuisine. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 5 - Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera
Spend the day exploring the colorful cliff-side villages of Cinque Terre* with a local guide. Take in the picturesque, rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards as you travel by rail. Make your way through this seemingly inaccessible string of fishing villages, nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Today breakfast will be included.
*Travel to Cinque Terre is by rail and boat. Boat trip is seasonal and operates on a weather permitting basis. When a boat is not available, travel will be by rail only.
Day 6 - Italian Riviera - Lucca - Tuscan Estate
Discover the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. Wander with a local guide, delving into the city's Roman heritage and storied past. Enjoy some free time to explore the Piazza Napoleone and the rest of the city on your own. Continue on through the rolling hills of Tuscany for a 3-night stay at a traditional Italian estate.** Try your hand at the local culture with an interactive pasta-making demonstration by your villa's on-site chef. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
**Note that villas and country estates in Tuscany are dotted throughout the region and we use different properties on this program. Some may be located in the countryside, removed from a city center. Still others may be closer to the hustle and bustle of the region. Each one is unique.
Day 7 - Tuscan Estate - Florence - Tuscan Estate
Explore Florence (UNESCO), the "Cradle of the Renaissance" during a locally guided walking tour of the city's iconic sites. Walk along the glittering storefronts on the Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge"), the only Florentine bridge to survive WWII. You'll also wander past the Palazzo Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce. Enjoy time to explore more on your own before returning to your Tuscan estate in the evening. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 8 - Tuscan Estate - San Gimignano - Tuscan Estate
Journey through Tuscany's low-lying hills to San Gimignano (UNESCO), overlooking the Chianti region. Taste authentic Italian gelato from an award-winning ice cream parlor while you wander the cobbled streets and gaze up at the imposing towers during time at leisure in this Tuscan gem. Cap off an unforgettable journey at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 9 - Tuscan Estate - Tour Ends
Say arriverderci to Italy as your journey comes to a close. Today breakfast will be included.
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and rail only, based on October 24, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $500.
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